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Category Archives: Employment

Resume Engaging

Engaging Headings
• Use “Core competencies” if you have two to five years of experience or are switching careers. Give categories of your expertise here.
• Use “Professional Expertise” if you have longer work histories. And yes summarize them here.
• Use “Technical Competencies” if you are technically competent. This is a key area especially for people who are applying for technical jobs.

Engaging Experience
1. People end up paying more attention to job duties and descriptions than accomplishments. Don’t do that.
2. Include results, effects and contributions made at your former jobs, along with the company name, job title and years of employment.
3. Keep them short, sweet, concise and compact.
4. State the most important points first.
5. State the most valuable bits first.
6. Avoid stating more than 7.

Engaging Education Highlights
1. Institution, dates attended and the degree or certification you received are listed in the education section.
2. Professional development, continuing education, on-the-job training and other nontraditional education should be included here as well.
3. As a bonus – state something that you are currently doing. Shows you want to learn and grow to become better.

Engaging Finish
1. Over here, add elements that don’t quite fit in any of the other sections.
2. For a technical position, this could include experience with proprietary or customized software.
3. For an executive position, you could include leadership activities.
4. Major awards, recognitions and accomplishments that deserve a little more attention than a detail in another part of the résumé, they can go here.

Engaging All The Way
1. Encapsulate the entire Resume as a package.
2. Have a singularity of Focus & Brand
3. Give the employer something extra to look forward to
4. Ensure everything from the design to the presentation is different
5. Always remember – content is king!

Engaging 101
1. Don’t assume just because you are good at your job, you are also good at Branding, Resume Writing, Interview Skills and Job Searching. Leave this to the Professionals. Being Mentored will improve your chances of being Engaging!

Part Time Work

School/University

Numerous schools or colleges will run occasions, for example, job fairs which can be an astounding spot to get yourself out there and address employers in person and find what occupations may be a good fit for you.

Besides, a few schools or colleges may offer a Job Shop service that may list positions for nearby employers why should looking contract students. Certainly do some searching if you’re at school or college as there can be a plenty of choices accessible to you. A few colleges or universities may even be hoping to employ students themselves, to work in stores or bars on college grounds. Simply do some searching and see what alternatives you can uncover.

The Internet

If only there were some magical repertoire of knowledge that you can search to find whatever you need.

Hold up, there is! Moreover, you’re on it at this moment.

The web is an incredible spot to look for part-time work. There are whole sites committed to employment postings. Monster, Reed, and Indeed are a couple of these.

These locales permit you to hunt down occupation postings in your general vicinity. Be that as it may, work postings for low maintenance work at significant retail anchors are unrealistic to be recorded here. I have, in any case, had fortunes discovering work postings made by neighbourhood high-street retailers that were searching for part-time workers.

Bigger chains will probably list their openings on their own site. Look out for nearby large chains that you may be okay with working for and check their sites. These are frequently your most solid option for finding an occupation that’ll fit nicely around your studies in the case that you’re a student since expansive retail chains commonly enlist students and comprehend the requirement for adaptable hours.

This methodology has a tendency to depend upon sheer luck however; in the event that you send in enough applications, in the long run one of them will give you a job. You likely won’t wind up working at your first decision.

Newspaper

Despite the fact that it’s somewhat antiquated, nearby little organizations now and again get a kick out of the chance to list their openings in the daily paper. This methodology is unrealistic to turn up anything marvellous, however it’s justified of a gander at any rate.

Go outside

Again with another antiquated methodology, however this one will is a little more likely to work. Go to your local high-street and hand a CV into any store that you may be keen on working at. Loads of little organizations will be awed by your drive and commitment.

I would exhort that you don’t try endeavouring this methodology on bigger chains as they’re liable to simply direct you to their site. Notwithstanding, you may get fortunate and discover a chain store that is effectively hoping to contract low maintenance representatives internally, however these stores will regularly list their openings on a sheet of paper and stick it on the window.

Cognitive Careers

Historically there has always been a need for intelligent people, but the correlation between cognitive ability and compensation was never as strong as it is today. One could have been an astute lawyer, financial planner, or mathematician at the turn of the 20th century, but the economy just didn’t reward those people at the levels that can be done today. We’ve created a much more complex economy requiring well-informed, inventive, and knowledgeable people who can navigate and derive value from what is for many of us a puzzling network of esoteric information in so many areas. The employment appeal for smart people is high and growing.

For years we have heard about high unemployment rates and at the same time we’ve heard there is not enough talent to hire for hard to fill positions. The jobs that are vacant seek individuals with know-how in management, engineering, data analysis, and many other areas where information processing, creativity, and workforce resourcefulness is called for. Professionalism is deepening across fields that include medicine / healthcare, the law, higher education, the sciences, the military, advanced manufacturing, and finance. Routine and relatively low-skilled operations will not bring competitive advantages to these career categories. Only accelerated thinking will.

As a result we are seeing the growth of an educated class. According to the U.S. Census Bureau only 4.6% of the U.S. population had attained bachelor degrees or higher in 1940. Today it is 32%. As this educated class continues to earn at relatively robust rates it appears to create an impression of inequality and disenfranchisement, such as we see being exploited in our current presidential election. However meeting the cognitive demands of a more intricate and perplexing economy requires educated people. Blaming the successful is not enough to improve the lot of us all. Directing one’s individual energies to where the expertise is most needed will.

The number of us prepared to meet the demands of the globalized cognitive economy is not enough if we are to continue being among the world’s leaders in innovation, business, and social transformation. Without relatively easy access to higher education for those with the potential to take the most advantage of this opportunity we all lose. Let’s agree that lifelong learning is essential for each and every one of us and entry into a college experience that challenges and pushes us to maximize our cerebral capacity benefits us personally and collectively.

However the expense of college is too high and makes going prohibitive for too many Americans. The cost of college has risen too much and too fast. To put this cost hike into perspective the New York Times Economix blog shows that since 1985 the cost of general consumer items has jumped 200+%, gasoline prices have risen approximately 300%, and medical care 350%. But college tuition and fees-575%! Are you kidding me? How is this in our best interests? This destructive level of inflation needs to be controlled. Our long term economic development relies on it.

Experience to Get Part Time Job

Get a few hobbies

Interests are the simplest approach to puff out your resume and give you something to discuss during your interview. Above all, the experience you’ll pick up in interactive with people from more social pastimes is significant. On the off-chance that you can discover a group that you’re interested in, then you’re in good fortune. Generally, all part-time employment will search for evidence that you’re sociable and capable, and a social group is astounding verification.

Volunteer

Volunteering is a clear demonstration of your drive and responsibility. In the event that you can locate a volunteer position in a charity shop, then you’ve viably demonstrated to a potential manager that you’re as of now fit for doing a job (if only retail work). Volunteer positions can be an incredible way to meet individuals who might be looking to hire people, and it’s common to hire people you know over people you don’t, so getting to know members of the public is helpful. Heaps of volunteer positions will utilize more aged individuals who are searching for something to do their seniority. These individuals may have friends who own stores or different organizations that you could work at. It merits recalling the golden rule of finding work: it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.

No experience required positions

A few working environments are glad to contract individuals with zero experience, regularly in light of the fact that it implies that they’re sufficiently gullible to think it won’t be soul-rending. Be that as it may, all you need to do is just stick it out for some time, it can be all that could possibly be needed experience to get your foot in the entryway with other bigger employers. It may appear somewhat discouraging to feel that you’ll need to work your way up the part-time ladder (particularly since that sentence sounds silly), yet it’s a better choice than spending a potentially long time scanning for a vocation without any result when you could instead invest that energy working a terrible job for a little experience.

The spots that will probably employ individuals with zero experience are bigger chains. A decent starting point for finding these spots is asking your companions where they work. The level of experience required for part-time work totally relies on upon where you live. McDonald’s is a reliably good bet however, as are large retail chains.

Maximize Job Opportunities

Use Social Media

Many people might feel a little odd about broadcasting their desire for employment to all of their friends and family. Don’t be. You should use social media to your advantage, and do so shamelessly. Your aunt may know that her attorney is looking for a new associate, but didn’t realize you were thinking of leaving your firm. The company your old college roommate works for might be accepting resumes, but he didn’t know you were interested. In short, make sure your friends and family know that you are looking for job opportunities. In fact, a recent survey showed that over 36 million workers attribute their current employment to social media.

Apply For The Position You Want, No Matter What

If there is a specific type of employment that you are interested in, apply for it. Even if there are no openings, apply. Mail, e-mail, fax, or hand deliver a copy of your resume and cover letter to the company. Explain that while you know there are currently no available openings, you are very much interested in working for the company if any become available. Who knows, they might have been planning to start advertising for a new position in the near future. At the very least, you have placed yourself in the mind of the person doing the hiring, which is always a good place to be.

Talk To Your School

Junior colleges, universities, or even graduate schools, are a wonderful resource in the employment hunt. Even if you graduated some time ago, most institutions will still gladly offer any help they can. The biggest aid is career counseling, which can take the form of resume and cover letter editing, and even suggestions on what fields your particular skills might prove valuable in. These counselors can also help put you in contact with fellow alumni who are in the same professional field as you.

Negotiate for Higher Pay

The reason for this is because it is very hard for companies to find good people to hire. Just think about how many resumes the hiring manager receives (hundreds for a sales position), and think about how many of those are no good (for one or many reasons). Again, 80 – 90% of the resumes a company receives are not qualified for the position.

Next, think about all the interviews a hiring manager has to deal with. First, anywhere between 20 to 30% of interviews don’t even show up! No calls of explanation – just a no-show. Next, of the people that do show up, many of them are disqualified in person for one reason or another.

And then think about how excited the hiring manager is to finally meet you. First, your cover letter and resume put you at the top of the list. Assuming that you have taken some time to write out sample cover letters, and have invested the time to customize your resume to the job(s) you want, you have no doubt landed interviews with the kinds of companies that can further your career. If you have interviewed well – in other words, if you carefully listened to each question the hiring manager asked, and then responded succinctly and on point (without over talking), and you were upbeat and confident – then you probably have several offers from competing companies.

The hiring manager is praying that you are even half as good as your resume, and if you are, then you are going to get an offer. And after you do, the hiring manager will be praying again that you accept it. This will save her/him all the time of searching through and screening unqualified applicants again.

So once the hiring manager has met with you, and you aced the interview, this is your best chance to begin negotiating for either a higher salary, a better comp plan, or both – or more! There are several areas you can negotiate and they are listed below. Be confident, recognize that you hold all the cards here and that all they can say is no. In fact, in many cases, they will make you a counter offer which means you still win!

#1: As for a sign-on bonus. According to the Society for Human Resource Management, more than two-thirds of companies have trouble recruiting full time talent. And because companies have trouble finding qualified candidates, once they find one, they will often go out of their way to land them. In fact, according to WorldatWork, 76% of all companies now offer sign-on bonuses. And they are not just for CEO’s or other executives either.

The way to ask for a sign-on bonus is pretty straight forward. After the hiring manager has laid out the compensation package, if no sign-on bonus is offered, you simply ask (in an assumptive way):

“And what type of sign-on bonus do you offer?” And then sit quietly and let them talk.

As you noticed, I said to ask for it in an assumptive way, not ask: “Do you offer a sign-on bonus?” This is important. Asking in an assumptive way tells them this is something you expect or perhaps might have been offered from other companies.

If they say there isn’t a sign-on bonus, then you can calmly come back with,

“I see. Well there are other opportunities I’m meeting with (or have met with), and if all things are equal, one of the deciding factors for me will be a sign on bonus. So let me get back with you after I’ve completed my interviews.”

If they still aren’t willing to at least see if there is a bonus, then just leave cheerfully and tell them you will be in touch with them. Believe me, if you made as good of an impression as your resume and cover letter did, then that hiring manger is going to go to the powers that be and talk about what they can offer you as a sign-on bonus.

If you decide – even if they don’t offer you a bonus – to take a job with that company, then you will have set them up for the next discussion which is to receive more pay.

Some Mistakes from Job Seeker

Underestimating LinkedIn

While the online landscape has complicated the application process, it has also served to benefit job seekers with the introduction of LinkedIn. LinkedIn is the place to be because it offers a ton of benefits regardless of profession, level, goal or job search status (even non-job seekers need to have an optimized profile). For job seekers, this is the largest talent database, which translates to: “the place 100% of recruiters and hiring managers go to find their next hire.” For non-job seekers, LinkedIn is important because it allows you to be found for opportunities you least expect. LinkedIn is also a great resource for researching companies or career paths and managing your professional network. You don’t need to join every social network but trust me – you do need to be optimized on LinkedIn.

Not Communicating Your Brand

Professional brand strategy is probably the number one area for improvement when job seekers in need, contact me. Many job seekers think of a resume, cover letter or LinkedIn profile as a work history and tend to communicate a very standard, dull brand with every application. However, your application documents should be viewed as marketing materials used to paint yourself in the most desirable picture for your reader. The job market is competitive so taking time to carefully customize the best message for each application is critical for standing out in the crowd.

Try Viewing Your Profile from the Hiring Manager’s Perspective

Consider your resume valuable marketing real estate, only including that which is necessary and compelling for each application. Try adding a brief headline to immediately summarize what you do and always guide your reader to the info most relevant to his/her needs.

Overlooking Job Descriptions

Creating a strong brand in many ways is driven by the hiring manager’s needs as expressed in the job description. It’s not enough to identify a job that’s a perfect fit and assume the reader will also see your fit. You must tailor your brand to the job description and that means really understanding the need the company is trying to fill. Every job description is unique and every resume you send should follow suit. Identify keywords and skills within the job description and mirror that language in your resume. Aim to communicate one message: “I am the solution to the problem you need solved.”

Starting Too Late

Many people assume the job hunt is a quick process but the reality is, it can last upward of six months. Even if your job search is a few years out, never be afraid to test the market or throw your hat in the ring when an opportunity comes your way. The worst that can happen is an interested employer refuses to wait until you’re ready to start. The upside is you are able to test your brand against your target role, practice interviewing, take greater risk when negotiating with interested parties, and potentially end up in an even better opportunity.

Workforce Shortages

At an individual level the college student trying to select a major, the college graduate attempting to launch a career, the established professional looking to make a career transition, and the entrepreneur seeking lucrative opportunities are among those who may benefit from an analysis of where the workforce shortages currently exist and where employment projections are anticipated. Although such knowledge and considerations are not necessarily paramount determiners of one’s career development they are worth investigating to see if an alignment exists between these trends and one’s enduring or potential value proposition.

There are several reasons for the decline of qualified workers with demographics being the big one. The aging of Baby Boomers is naturally leading to more retirements and domestically there aren’t enough replacements. Ten years ago 400,000 workers per year retired. That number has risen to 1.2 million today. And the older population creates increased demand in fields such as healthcare where more workers are needed than in the past. For example physical therapists, occupational therapists, and even doctors are already in short supply and are still expected to be in the future.

However it isn’t just in healthcare where shortages exist. To be honest it does not appear that labor deficits are confined to just several industries but rather that it is a more widespread phenomenon. Even declining industries, such as manufacturing are experiencing acute scarcities. Of course not having enough workers trained with specific skills sets compounds the problem, but largely it is coming down to some basic math. Our bench is not populated enough to fill the number of vacating positions.

This should be good news for working-aged people. It suggests there could potentially be many fields and openings to pick from. Other benefits over time should include rising wages and continuously improving working conditions to retain talent.

To best position yourself to take advantage of this general opportunity some other trend lines should be considered. The Bureau of Labor Statistics foresees service sector jobs capturing 95% of newly created positions between now and 2024. Healthcare as mentioned above and social assistance jobs together will become the largest area of employment, surpassing government and business services jobs.

Technical occupations will also grow in number and demand looking forward. Automation will eliminate some jobs to be sure, but more likely is that technology will transform jobs that still need a person involved. The energy, transportation, and data analysis sectors are among those in need of technically trained people who can interact with and leverage technology productively.

Start Job Search

Get Focused on What You Want

It’s all about your target. What are you going after? Without this, watch out for endless job board roaming (yikes). When you actually do find what you want, you risk confusing the hiring manager with your lack of focus. They’ll want to know you are in it to win it ONLY with them. Spend some time getting focused on your target.

Get Clear on Who You Are

It’s all about your professional brand. Those in a position to hire must perceive you as the best person for their job – simple as that. One way to know if it’s a branding issue is if you’re not hearing back from the online application process OR your network. It’s very likely that they just don’t know how to help you because you are not aligning your fit to your target.

Identify the Best Tools to Support Your Job Search

There are more tools than ever available to job seekers depending on the bite-sized part of the search they are focusing on. If it’s the online job search and finding jobs, try job boards.

One of the most powerful professional branding tools ever is LinkedIn since most hiring managers will likely stumble upon your profile before they ask for your resume. As a rule of thumb, you should be appearing in hiring manager searches and receiving connection requests from your target industry. If you aren’t, you’ll want to consider spending more time on profile optimization. You’ll also want to familiarize yourself with the other features/benefits available via LinkedIn.

Another tool I’m loving is Jobscan. This tool is designed to scan your resume for keywords so you know how to optimize your resume for ATS systems (in case you find yourself being lost in the job board black hole). If you’re not sure about your resume keywords, I STRONGLY recommend you give Jobscan a try!

Contact Your Network

While the idea of networking may terrify you immensely, it still remains that your best chance of landing a job quick is through the people you know. This should be your entry point with every application if possible. Start by making a list of everyone you know and reach out accordingly based on the nature of the relationship. You don’t want to email blast your network but rather address each contact strategically. If you need more networking tips to feel comfortable, at least start by jotting down the names of your offline and online (LinkedIn) contacts. This is a great first step in seeing the possibilities that exist even before you head to the job boards.

Write Killer Resume

Number One: So, let’s start at the beginning. The first thing you want to put at the top of your resume is your complete contact information. This consists of four things:

• Your full name
• Your mailing address
• Your phone number
• Your email address

While this information may seem like a no-brainer, you will once again be surprised by how many people leave out either their phone number or email address or both! Leaving out this information makes a bad impression on the hiring manager, as you can imagine. Including it at the top saves the hiring manager from searching through your resume hoping to locate it, and it also makes it easy for him/her to reach out to you.

Number Two: Keep the formatting simple. This point could easily have been under the “What to avoid when writing your resume,” but I wanted to put it here as you actually get ready to write it. In a nutshell: Keep it plain and simple. Avoid the following:

Make sure you use text only:

• No shading or lines or borders
• No graphics, logos or fields
• No templates or PDF’s
• No headers or footers or page numbers
• No underlining or special characters

The reason for this is that whenever you submit your email electronically, there is a big chance that your formatting will get improperly transmitted or delivered, and this can easily lead to instantly disqualifying you. It has been estimated that as many as 75% of all resumes never even get seen because of improper formatting!

So KEEP IT SIMPLE

On the other hand, it is O.K., to use ALL CAPS (where appropriate), and to use Bold, or Italics. Use these sparingly, though, and only to make a special point.

Number Three: Think keywords. The content of your resume – your headings, summary of experience, previous job descriptions – should reflect the specific position and job posting you are applying for. Yes, this means that you will want to take a bit of time to tailor your resume for each specific job you are applying for, but it will pay off BIG TIME. Here are a couple of examples:

Summary Section: At the top of your resume, you should include a brief (and I’m talking two or three sentences) “Summary Section” where you list the specific skills and experience you have that match up to the position/job you are applying for. While writing a summary section is often neglected by job applicants, it acts as an easy and quick way for a hiring manager to quickly scan your resume and make a judgement on whether they want to read your resume or not. This is easy (and highly effective) if you just take a few minutes to do it right.

What you do is look at each specific job description you are applying for and pick out the specific skills, duties and responsibilities the job is looking for. So if the job description is looking for “An aggressive prospector/hunter who is used to making outbound calls,” your summary section should list something like this:

I AM AN AGGRESSIVE PROSPECTOR WHO IS USED TO HUNTING FOR ACCOUNTS.

EXCELS WITH EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE AT MAKING OUTBOUND CALLS TO GENERATE BOTH APPOINTMENTS AND LEADS.

As you can see, this matches up perfectly to what the hiring manager is specifically looking for, and as a result your resume will stand out among the hundreds of others that haven’t taken the time to do this. Remember, keywords like these (“aggressive,” “hunting,” “outbound calls,” are the specific things this hiring manager is looking for, and by making it obvious in your summary section that you possess them, you are in essence saying, “I’m the perfect candidate for you.” Believe me, they will keep reading through your resume.

Previous Experience: Next, you will want to keep listing these keywords throughout your previous job experience at the companies where it is appropriate. At each position where you did outbound calling, make sure and use those same keywords. Something like:

“At Safeco International, I excelled by making an aggressive number of outbound prospecting calls. In this hunter position, I was able to secure as many as five new appointments each day.”

Once again, you will see that as you list these keywords in your previous job experience, the hiring manager will keep nodding his or her head as they think, “This is the kind of person and experience I am looking for.” You should do this with each of the previous jobs you had (again, where it is appropriate), and it’s easy if you keep a copy of the job description in front of you as you tailor your resume.

Here is an example of how to turn a boring description (the kind your competition is submitting) into something that will not only make you stand out, but will make your resume outstanding!